Rest my heart in the Buddha's smileand rain me some Zen,don't dress me in white.Not yet.Keep it for later,for when yousend me onwardsto rest my soul in the Buddha's smileand turn my ashes into forever Zen.Don't tell me to count and recountthose four palm trees trussed up like torches,or rejoice in raindropson the asphalt roof top, the white aroundme, even in the smiles.Rest my heart in the Buddha's smileand rain me some Zen,make me forget that I was notmeant to be born a tigerand feel like one ...caged.
Ruth Deborah Rey (1938) was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From an early age she has worked in Dutch radio; later, married to a Canadian, she switched to English and with her (then) husband, enjoyed a succesfull career in radio, television, publicity and the theatre. Today, retired, she finally has the time to be a full-time writer (poetry and prose) and editor. She lives on the French Atlantic coast with one dog and five cats. Rey is recognised by the Dutch Foundation 1940-1945 as a participant in the Underground Resistance during the German occupation of The Netherlands during World War II. A rewritten version of her first (autobiographical) novel, 'Rachel Sarai's Vineyard', which deals with WWII, will be published shortly, as will an anthology of her poetry. Her second, very romantic novel, 'The Sleeping Madonna', published by Strengholt Media in the Netherlands, has been very well received, both by male and female readers.